“Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
This quote from one of my favorite artists encapsulates why I love art. Warhol was a pioneer in Pop art, experimenting with the style in ways never seen before. He didn’t worry about whether his work was too out there, which made it, in my opinion, that much more amazing.
I think some of art’s beauty comes from its outlandishness. As a college student, I relished going to on-campus museums, where the edginess of artists and curators is unparalleled.
My appreciation for arts started as a child. I grew up on PBS, and my parents would take me to see opera and ballet. I came to appreciate the art around me as an expression of the community that shaped me.
Art is an integral part of our culture, which is why I host the SELA Arts Festival and my high school art competition. Through art, we can express and celebrate the vibrant culture of Southeast LA.